Family Dinner

Family Dinner

 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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Chew on this: equal parts hip-hop, Latin, and ska, with crunchy bits of ukulele and country twang, stewed to perfection in a broth of straight funk. You’re now listening to Family Dinner.


Original core members Joel Spiral (lead vocals and ukulele), Reggie Padilla (piano and saxophone), and Alfredo Rivera (tenor saxophone) actually met at a family dinner. They almost immediately recognized each other’s passion for music and had started a band by the time the dessert plates were being scraped clean. The current lineup includes Spiral and Padilla along with Aaron Friedman (bass), Eric Folk (drums), Gilbert Batangan (guitar), Johann Montero (trumpet), Bart Howk (trumpet), and Brian Capobianchi (vocals). Since Family Dinner’s independent release of an EP in 2008, the band has seen its share of hardship and membership turnover. But new and old members alike have reason to celebrate how far their original flavor of music has come with the March 19th release of Now Serving, Family Dinner’s first full-length album.
Though Family Dinner remains loyal to its roots, it definitely doesn’t sound like other local bands. Presented with raw lyrics, mostly stories from front man Spiral’s life, Padilla—a classically trained musician and current director of University of Hawaii at Manoa’s jazz ensemble—comes up with an overall concept for the song. Other band members then season it accordingly, applying their own musical expertise, and the result is a fresh new composition. Rather than trying to fit songs into molds for established genres, Family Dinner picks essences from various musical styles to fuse with its own sound, creating new genres altogether. The band takes listeners on a world tour with tracks like “Rosh Pina” and “Gangster Hippie,” which feature sounds from Israel and Latin America, respectively. Spiral explains, “I want people to say, ‘I don’t like country, but I like that song. Oh, I don’t like hip-hop, but I like that.’”’”

Family Dinner’s uniqueness also extends to the bright purple vests worn by band members. Dressing in matching (usually purple) evening attire for all their shows, they are proving that showmanship is not dead. They appeal to kids and their parents, demographics that are generally ignored by contemporary bands. Also contrary to the norm, there is no cursing in any of their songs, and Spiral promises only one song about a girl. Nothing’s off the table except cliché. “I definitely feel like we’re unique enough to fill a gap. It’s just a matter of whether people notice that there is a gap,” says Spiral.
The guys of Family Dinner focus on creating a positive experience for their listeners instead of fixating on life’s problems. In other words, Family Dinner is good for you


Google it!

Written By: Joel Spiral

A lot of people haven't ever even known
that there is such a thing
as a library drum of a library drum,
google that lil" fact lil' smidgin
than you'll come right back here
to Mister Whisper Tips in the library drumming,
on top of that he's a libraryier that refills
the card-catalogue with little pencils and pieces of paper
I got your permission slip for this field trip
cause I know you wanna meet Mister Whisper Tips
in the library drumming
I'm your chaperon could you shut off your cell-phone

Soul-surfer Shake Down

Written By: Joel Spiral

Charge'em now! The waves are peeling through,
Paddle and paddle over the lip, Whew!
Hope and scope In waters holier than the popes,
grabbing your board saying this ones mine
gotta have faith nature will combine
free the ocean with devotion
When ya hang ten again areal flip
take a dip; one more time
i gotta admit
Soul-surfer shakedown

soul surfer Shakedown

Written By: joel Speier

that's my soul surfer shakedown

Charge'm now the waves are peeling through
paddle and paddle over the lip, Whew!
Hope and scope in waters holier than the pope's
grabbing the board saying "this ones mine"
gotta have faith nature will combine
free the ocean with devotion when you hang ten again
aerial flip take a dip one more time I gotta admit

That's my soul, soul surfer shakedown

from the sun, to the sea, to the set, I surf comin'atcha

I'm addicted to the ocean like I am to a shower,
guaranteed every 24hour
can't ignore this big blue power
That decorates my style time to be more wild
the soul surfing body conscious individual
grabs his board just to become more spiritual
gripping on the rail hold on tight
pulling in a barrel such a delight
you wanna give it a try? well open wide
make a bottom turn then PU IN SAI

Thats my soul. soul surfer shakedown


Soul Surfer Shakedown (single)
Come and get it (EP)
Now Serving(lp)

Set List

1. Soul Surfer Shake Down
2. Welcome all of Y'all
3. Ulu
4. Google it!
5. Step Inside the Outside
6. Don't get too Hype
7. Gangster Hippie
8. Hobby
9. Rap-a-Billy
10.Rosh Pina
11. No Ack
12. Not to Late
13. I Love Food
14. Cissy Strut
15. Just a Friend
16. Today Love
17.Knocking Figure Eights Sideways
18. Mango Season
19. Beach Cruiser Blues